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The Entertainers: Portraits of Stardom in the 20th Century [Hardcover]

Timothy White

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Timothy white is a prominent American entertainment journalist who has established a portfolio of interviews with some of the greatest figures in film, television, sports and music. This compilation contains profiles of such personalities as James Cagney, Walter Cronkite, Muhammad Ali, Raquel Welch, Bette Midler, John Travolta and Johnny Carson, offering a look at the history of popular entertainment in the US in the 20th century.

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"Among a group of pioneer ROLLING STONE writers, Timothy White let the movies take him to the same place the music did--the truth." -- Peter Travers, THE ROLLING STONE FILM READER

THE ENTERTAINERS: PORTRAITS OF STARDOM IN THE 20TH CENTURY is a book truly unique in its expansive, behind-the- scenes profiles that encapsulate the American Century in show business and document a bygone era in cultural journalism. For over 25 years, BILLBOARD Editor In Chief Timothy White has been chronicling, on an intimate, one-to-one basis, the strides of leading figures in the lively arts. Now these famed chronicles, which previously appeared in such major publications as THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, ROLLING STONE, COSMOPOLITAN and HARPER'S BAZAAR, have been collected for the first time in specially expanded book form. Containing in-depth updates and compelling, previously unpublished materiual, the results are unforgettable reading, whether the author is entering the privat! ! e realms of James Cagney and Johnny Carson, reflecting on a lifetime in the theater with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, scrutinizing the troubled contemporary path of television news and those who report it with Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, being allowed to share Muhammad Ali's solitude in the days before he defeated George Foreman in Zaire to win back the world heavyweight boxing title, or discussing the often-dark sides of stardom with John Travolta, Julie Andrews, Susan Sarandon, Alan Alda, Bill Murray, Bette Midler, Andy Kaufman, Goldie Hawn, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and the stellar cast of STAR WARS. Plus many more provocative portraits of such rarely-explored personalities such as quirky comic genius Michael O'Donoghue, famed TV child star Marie Osmond, and the misunderstood actors (Frank Langella, Christopher Lee, etc.) who've kept the vampire alive in popular culture.

THE ENTERTAINERS comes complete with marvelous visuals by distinguiished photographers such ! ! as Annie Leibovitz and David Burnett.

As THE NEW YORK POS! T raved, "Author Timothy White has interviewed most of the big names in showbiz over the past few decades. Now White has expanded the best of those pieces for his fascinating new book, THE ENTERTAINERS."

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